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DIAZ ALDANA Leonardo
Sport Para athletics
NPC Cuba   
GenderMen
Age47
Place of BirthBayamo, CUB
Height1.75 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
F56
Further Personal Information
Residence
Bayamo, CUB
Languages
Spanish
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up athletics in 1996 in Granma Province, Cuba.
Why this sport?
He wanted to emulate athletes he had watched competing at international level.
Name of coach
Carlos Licea Carbonell [national], CUB
Senior International Debut
Year
2003
Competing for
Cuba
Location
Mar del Plata, ARG
General Interest
Hobbies
Watching TV series and movies. (Athlete, 23 Aug 2021)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold medals at the Paralympic Games, the world championships, and the Parapan American Games. (Athlete, 23 Aug 2021)
Most influential person in career
His family, and coach Carlos Licea Carbonell. (Athlete, 23 Aug 2021)
Hero / Idol
Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt. (Athlete, 15 Jul 2017)
Awards and honours
In 2018 he was named among the 10 Outstanding Cuban Athletes. The voting was carried out by sports journalists and the National Institute of Sports, Physical Education and Recreation [INDER]. (trabajadores.cu, 03 Dec 2018)

In 2016 sports journalists named him among the Best Paralympic Athletes in Granma Province, Cuba. (acn.cu, 21 Dec 2016)

In 2012, 2015, and 2016 he was named among the 10 Outstanding Paralympic Athletes by INDER and the Union of Cuban Journalists' Sportswriters Circle. (cubasi.cu, 14 Dec 2016; cnctv.icrt.cu, 11 Dec 2015; granma.cu, 07 Dec 2015, 11 Dec 2012)
Impairment
He has paraplegia after he was involved in an accident while serving in the Cuban military. (Athlete, 15 Jul 2017; ecured.cu, 13 Nov 2011)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
13 2004 Shot Put F56 9.31 
  2004 Discus Throw F56 NoM
11 2004 Javelin Throw F55-56 28.65 
1 2008 Discus Throw F55-56 40.87
5 2008 Javelin Throw F55-56 30.70
14 2008 Shot Put F55-56 10.10
18 2012 Shot Put F54-56 9.85
1 2012 Discus Throw F54/55/56 44.63
10 2012 Javelin Throw F54/55/56 29.92
3 2016 Discus Throw F56 43.58
3 2021 Discus Throw F56 43.36
ParaPan American Games
Rank Year Event Result
4 2019 Shot Put F57 10.17
  2019 Discus Throw F56  NoM
7 2019 Javelin Throw F57 27.40
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
1 2011 Discus Throw F54-56 43.10
1 2013 Discus Throw F54/55/56 45.32
10 2013 Javelin Throw F54/55/56 30.20
10 2013 Shot Put F56/57 10.20
1 2015 Discus Throw F56 45.10
17 2015 Javelin Throw F57 27.97
12 2015 Shot Put F57 10.48
1 2017 Discus Throw F56 45.47